Men's Basketball

    Rivals Collide in West Lafayette

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana is looking for its third straight season sweep of Purdue on Thursday, Feb. 15.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana is looking for its third straight season sweep of Purdue on Thursday, Feb. 15.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 15, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Embarking on the first of four road games its next five games out, the No. 19/24 Indiana men's basketball team faces Purdue in West Lafayette on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPN Plus Local, with Wayne Larivee (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (analyst) on the call. This is the second regular-season meeting between the two teams, with the Hoosiers taking out the Boilermakers, 85-58, on Jan. 10.

    Last Time Out
    Indiana got a key defensive stop with just five seconds remaining, and senior Earl Calloway sank two free throws with three ticks left on the clock as the Hoosiers held on to defeat Illinois, 65-61, at Assembly Hall on Saturday, Feb. 10.

    Three Hoosiers scored in double figures in the win. Senior Roderick Wilmont led IU with 17 points, while freshman Armon Bassett tallied 15 and junior D.J. White added 13.

    Down three, 61-58, with 3:37 left to play, two free throws by White brought IU back to within one at the 1:50 mark, and Bassett put the Hoosiers back on top, 62-61, with 44 seconds remaining. One more from the charity stripe, this time by junior A.J. Ratliff, gave Indiana a two-point lead with 19 seconds to play. After a timeout by IU, White forced Shaun Pruitt into a five-second call to give the Hoosiers possession, and Calloway iced the game with a pair of free throws.

    On The Air
    The Indiana University Radio Network will air every Hoosier game, as WHCC (105.1 FM) serves as the flagship station for a network that has more than 40 statewide affiliates. Don Fischer is in his 34th season as the play-by-play man, with former IU guard Todd Leary in his sixth season as color analyst and Joe Smith in his 24th season as the pregame, halftime and postgame host.

    The Indiana-Purdue game will be televised on ESPN Plus Local, with Wayne Larivee (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (analyst) on the call.

    The Indiana-Purdue Series
    Indiana and Purdue will meet for the 190th time overall and the second time this season on Wednesday evening. The Boilermakers lead the all-time series, 108-81, but the Hoosiers have won five straight and 11 of the last 13 games, including an 85-58 victory earlier this season on Jan. 10.

    IU has swept the season series the last two years. Last season, the Hoosiers won 62-49 in Bloomington on Jan. 21, and took a 70-59 win on March 1 in West Lafayette. Indiana has also won its last two trips to Mackey Arena.

    Hoosier Head Coach Kelvin Sampson has met the Boilermakers six times in his career, compiling a 4-2 record in those games.

    Below is a look at the last five meetings between Indiana and Purdue:

    Date Outcome Location
    Jan. 15, 2005 W, 75-73 (2ot) West Lafayette
    Feb. 22, 2005 W, 79-62 Bloomington
    Jan. 21, 2006 W, 62-49 Bloomington
    March 1, 2006 W, 70-59 West Lafayette
    Jan. 10, 2007 W, 85-58 Bloomington

    Scouting Purdue
    Purdue sits at 16-9 overall and 5-6 in Big Ten play. The Boilermakers are 13-1 at Mackey Arena, with their lone loss coming at the hands of Ohio State. PU has won two of its last three contests, downing Penn State and Michigan State before dropping a 63-56 battle at Ohio State its last time out (Feb. 10).

    Carl Landry leads the team with 19.0 points (third in Big Ten) and 6.8 boards (fifth) per game. The senior forward is shooting 60.3 percent (second) from the floor in 29.1 minutes. Senior guard David Teague is the only other Boilermaker in double figures. Teague is averaging 13.4 points and 4.8 rebounds.

    Matt Painter is in his second season at the helm of the Purdue program. After posting a 9-19 record in his debut season, Painter is 25-28 overall (.472). Painter is 0-3 against the Hoosiers.

    Purdue Last Time Out
    Ron Lewis hit a key driving layup and the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes closed with an 11-4 run to hold off Purdue, 63-56, on Saturday, Feb. 10.

    The Buckeyes (22-3, 10-1 Big Ten) were in trouble throughout the second half before Lewis broke a tie at 52-52 with a layup with 3:07 remaining off a long pass from Mike Conley Jr.

    Ohio State, which won its ninth game in a row and ran its record to 16-0 at home, never trailed again but Purdue threatened right up to the final seconds.

    David Teague led the Boilermakers (16-9, 5-6) with 17 points, with Carl Landry adding 13 and Tarrance Crump 12.

    Purdue, which has lost seven in a row and 13 of the past 14 meetings with Ohio State, grabbed a 51-46 lead at the 7:58 mark. Down 46-43, the Boilermakers went on an 8-0 run with Teague hitting two 3-pointers sandwiched around a basket by Gordon Watt.

    Last Time vs. Purdue
    Led by 16 points from A.J. Ratliff and a career-high 19 from Joey Shaw off the bench, the Indiana men's basketball team tallied a decisive 85-58 win over arch-rival Purdue on Wednesday, Jan. 10 on Branch McCracken Court. The Hoosiers placed four players in double figures in the contest, the most lopsided victory in the series since a 106-65 win on Jan. 28, 1992 in Bloomington. The win was the 1600th in program history for IU.

    Ratliff, who had missed the Hoosiers' first two conference contests with a wrist injury, came off the bench to post an impressive 6-for-6 performance from the field, including a 4-for-4 effort from 3-point land. Shaw was 5-for-6 from the field on the night, including a 2-for-2 effort from downtown. Earl Calloway (13) and Armon Bassett (11) also posted double-digit scoring in the victory.

    The Hoosier defense kept the Boilermakers at bay for the majority of the contest, forcing 18 Boiler turnovers and making 11 steals. D.J. White matched a career-high with five blocks, all in the first half, while Ratliff made two blocks and two steals. Rod Wilmont pulled down 10 boards - nine on the defensive end - for the third time this season. Carl Landry led PU with 13 points in the contest.

    Big Shot Bassett
    After missing double figures in three of his last four games, freshman guard Armon Bassett notched his 12th double-figure scoring effort of the season against Illinois (Feb. 10). Bassett scored 15 points, including the game-winning bucket with 44 seconds remaining, on 6-of-11 shooting. He also added five boards and five assists. Prior to his three single-digit games, Bassett had reeled off at least 10 points in eight out of 10 contests.

    He is averaging 10.5 points per game in 27.0 minutes, while shooting 44.3 percent overall and 53.5 percent from beyond the arc in the last 15 games. Through the first eight games, Bassett averaged 5.5 points in 21.9 minutes on 31.4 percent shooting and 25.0 percent from 3-point range.

    Bassett has recorded double digits 12 times this season, doing most of his work in the second half. In the 12 games, Bassett leads the team with 7.8 second-stanza points and is shooting 53.6 percent from the field, 57.1 from 3-point range and 84.6 from the charity stripe. In the first 20 minutes, Bassett's numbers are reduced to 5.2 points, 42.9 percent shooting, 54.5 from deep and 72.7 from the free throw line.

    Locking It Up
    Illinois held a 61-58 lead following a pair of Marcus Arnold free throws with 3:37 left. Those turned out to be the final points the Indiana defense would allow, as the Hoosiers scored the game's final seven points for a 65-61 win on Feb. 10. IU held Illinois without a field goal over the last 5:22, limiting the Fighting Illini to six points from the charity stripe.

    Cutting It Close
    Indiana's last three games have been decided by a total of 15 points, with the Hoosiers posting a 2-1 record. IU knocked off No. 2/2 Wisconsin, 71-66, on Jan. 31 before falling at Iowa, 81-75, on Feb. 3. The Hoosiers bounced back with a 65-61 victory over Illinois on Feb. 10. Indiana has won its last three games decided by five points or less and is 3-2 overall in those games this season.

    Hot Rod
    Reaching 20 points for the fifth time this season, senior guard Roderick Wilmont closed with a team-high 24 points behind a 6-of-12 effort from 3-point range at Iowa on Feb. 3. Wilmont has hit at least five treys in a game four times this season and has reached the 20-point mark seven times in his career, as the Hoosiers are 6-1 in those contests.

    He followed that up with a game-high 17 points, with only one trey, in the Hoosiers' win over Illinois on Feb. 10. Wilmont has led Indiana in scoring seven times this season, and IU owns a 6-1 record.

    Going back to his career day at Penn State on Jan. 13 (eight games), Wilmont leads the club with 16.5 points each time out, three 20-point games and five contests in double figures. He is shooting 43.8 percent from downtown and 46.7 percent overall.

    Against the Nittany Lions, the Miramar, Fla., native set career highs with 25 points and 12 rebounds for the second double-double of his career and this campaign. Wilmont hit seven treys (second most in IU history) in 17 attempts (most in Indiana lore). He recorded 20 of the team's 40 points on 6-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half. The last time a Hoosier scored 20 points in a half came on Jan. 17, 2006 vs. Illinois (Marco Killingsworth). Wilmont also became the first IU player to ring up six 3s in a half since Bracey Wright on Dec. 29, 2003 at North Texas.

    "X" Factor
    Freshman forward Xavier Keeling earned his first career start against Illinois on Feb. 10, becoming the 10th player to record at least one start this season. Keeling poured in six points, hitting all four of his free throws, in 13 minutes.




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